Heavy Soul

Paul Weller - Heavy Soul
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1997 Ratings: #42 / 73
User Score
Based on 3 ratings
June 23, 1997 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
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Entertainment Weekly

This fourth effort may be his best yet. Evoking everyone from Traffic to The Band to Crazy Horse, Weller’s organically cohesive tunes stand tall, defiantly out of time.


Spirituality, truth- seeking, faith, inspiration, redemption, and salvation... it's all here, baby, on Heavy Soul. So stand up, clap your hands, shake your collective asses, and testify, people-- Reverend Weller's preachin' his gospel again.


Too much of Heavy Soul is concerned with texture instead of content. That doesn't make it a difficult listen -- in fact, it's quite entertaining while it's playing -- but there isn't much to explore on repeated plays.

Rolling Stone

As mixed bags go, Heavy Soul is worth its weight in short, smart pleasures


The promise of 'Heavy Soul' - rocky but sure-footed, brand new but retro, dangerous and yet spiritual - often fails.

Totally devoted to his retro quest, he starts with the sleeve, moves on to the music and ends with that crispy atmosphere of deja-vu.
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Track List

  1. Heavy Soul (Pt 1)
  2. Peacock Suit
  3. Up in Suzes' Room
  4. Brushed
  5. Driving Nowhere
  6. I Should Have Been There to Inspire You
  7. Heavy Soul (Pt 2)
  8. Friday Street
  9. Science
  10. Golden Sands
  11. As You Lean Into the Light
  12. Mermaids
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